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December 29, 2008

   Sarah Beckwith

Cody and Worland BLM to Host Public Workshops

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody and Worland Field Offices will host additional public workshops as part of the Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision Project. Discussions at these workshops will focus on travel management and recreation, issues which emerged from November’s public meetings as being of great importance to Bighorn Basin residents.

“I want to hear from the residents of the Bighorn Basin as it relates to their needs for public land access, current impacts to their private lands as a result of past activities, and where we should focus our attention on recreational opportunities in the future,” said BLM Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Manager Eddie Bateson. “Anyone who would like to help us resolve these types of issues should plan on attending one of these meetings.”

In particular, BLM managers are interested in hearing how, where, and why people access their public lands. This includes commercial access for grazing, oil and gas development and mining, as well as recreational access for hunting, ATV use, hiking, biking, skiing, etc. Public comments will assist in prioritizing areas for BLM management and land use allocations.

Date and Time
Monday, January 12, 2009 
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Greybull High School, Buff Gym Cafeteria
600 North 6th Street, Greybull, WY 82426
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lovell Community Center, ½ mile west of town
1925 US Highway 310, Lovell, WY 82431
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Taggarts Rooms 1 & 2
1701 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414
Thursday, January 15, 2009
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Community Center, Conference Room
1200 Culbertson Avenue, Worland, WY 82401
Friday, January 16, 2009 
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Days Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn), Conference Room 
115 East Park Street, Thermopolis, WY 82443

The BLM will provide a questionnaire that will take approximately 30 minutes to complete at the workshops. Workshops will be informal open houses and maps will be available to help facilitate discussions and written comments.

For more information about the Bighorn Basin RMP or the revision process, please contact Caleb Hiner, RMP Project Lead, at (307) 347-5100 or email Caleb_Hiner@blm.gov.

The BLM manages more land–258 million acres–than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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